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The Gadget That Will Find Your Car for You

It's a frustration familiar to many air travellers. Back from a relaxing break, you head for the airport multi-storey - and can't remember where on earth you parked. But the nightmare of trudging around the car park, laden with cases, looking for your car will soon be over.

Heathrow is to become the world's first airport to install technology that allows you to find your vehicle. Technology giant Siemens has developed the system for the 3,800-space short-term multi-storey at Heathrow's new Terminal 5, due to open next March.

When a driver arrives at the carpark barrier, a numberplate recognition system takes the registration and automatically prints it on the ticket.

An information screen at the barrier tells the driver where to find a space and illuminated arrows on the floor act as a guide to the empty bay, which is marked by a green light above it.

On returning, if drivers cannot remember their spot they put their ticket into one of 16 "car-locator" machines to view the 3-D map.

"Once you put your ticket or registration number in the car-finder machine, the 3-D interactive map locates your car. On that map will also be access points such as stairs and lifts."

Source: This Is London
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